It was fitting Martinez returned it Tuesday, when Redman worked
efficiently to shut down the star designated hitter and the rest of
Seattle's struggling lineup.
Redman earned his first victory in six starts and Bobby Crosby
and Eric Chavez each homered in the Athletics' 5-3 win that sent
the Mariners to their 14th straight road loss, matching the club
record set in 1988.
They haven't won away from Safeco Field since beating the
Pirates in Pittsburgh on June 20.
"He's one of the greatest hitters in the game," Redman said,
noting he collects the uniforms for his son. "I don't know how
much longer he'll play. I'd like to have a jersey from one of the
greatest hitters in the game. I consider him one of the toughest
outs in baseball."
Martinez went 1-for-4 and grounded into the first of three
Seattle double plays in the first inning. The 41-year-old Martinez
also respects Redman, who made his major league debut against the
Mariners on July 24, 1999, for Minnesota and got a no-decision.
"He made his pitches down in the zone. It was a changeup low
and I went for it," Martinez said of the double-play ball. "He
changed speed well. Tonight he located the ball. He threw more
inside tonight than last week."
Redman (7-8) had lost his previous five starts, including 4-2 in
Seattle last Thursday. The left-hander won for the first time in
nine career starts against Seattle, allowing three runs and nine
hits in 6 1-3 innings. He struck out one and walked three.
Oakland pulled within 1˝ games of first-place Texas in the AL
West after the Rangers lost 2-0 at Anaheim.
Ichiro Suzuki extended his hitting streak to 19 games with a
first-inning single to left. Suzuki's streak is the longest active
run in the majors after Atlanta's J.D. Drew had his 22-game hitting
streak snapped on Tuesday.
Randy Winn went 0-for-3 with a walk to see his hitting streak
end at 11 games. Seattle took a 1-0 lead in the first when Martinez
grounded into the double play with the bases loaded to score Suzuki
from third. But the Mariners also hit into double plays in the
third and fourth innings and didn't capitalize on their chances.
Rincon struck out Suzuki swinging, then got Winn to groundout to
second. Justin Lehr and Jim Mecir pitched the eighth, with Mecir
striking out pinch-hitter Dave Hansen looking on a 3-2 pitch to end
the inning. After hitting the leadoff batter in the ninth with a
pitch, Octavio Dotel struck out the side for his sixth save in
eight chances. Suzuki struck out swinging to end it.
Crosby connected for his 15th homer this season in the fourth, a
solo shot off Ryan Franklin (3-9) that sailed into the left-field
bleachers to make it 3-1. He also singled in the sixth. Crosby is
batting .555 (5-for-9) with two homers lifetime against Franklin.
"Crosby just hits me," Franklin said. "He's that guy on that
team who really gets me. Every pitcher has one for every team -- one
player who is able to hit them no matter what."
Chavez hit a solo homer to left leading off the eighth, his 17th
on the year. The three-time Gold Glover also started all three of
the double plays that backed Redman. Redman got his majors-leading
ninth pickoff in the fifth when Miguel Olivo tried to steal second.
"The little things help you win games," manager Ken Macha said
when he heard about the stat.
Franklin hasn't won since June 5 against the Chicago White Sox,
a span of seven starts. The right-hander has lost five straight
decisions and is struggling to receive enough run support.
Franklin allowed four runs on six hits in seven innings, struck
out two and walked three.
Suzuki has 40 hits this month. He had 50 hits in May and is
the only player in the majors to get 47 or more hits in a month
more than one time since he came into the league in 2001. He had 47
hits in May 2001 and 51 in August 2001. ... A's RF Jermaine Dye got
the day off and so did C Damian Miller. Dye, whose next game will
be the 1,000th of his career, is batting .059 (1-for-17) for his
career vs. Franklin.